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By Conrado de Quiros
The crowning glory came at the beginning.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
There are two star performers for 2012. They are President Benigno Aquino III and the Filipino as a people. The combination or relationship of the two carried over a momentum that began in 2011 when the government blocked the attempted, post-haste exit of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. By coincidence or synchronicity, a major shift began [...]
The House minority bloc is seeking compassion for ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona. Some people are even suggesting we should forgive him and not be vindictive.
President Aquino is about to complete his first three years in office (one-half of his term of office) by the end of May next year. However, I regret to say that up to the present he has not displayed enough guts to properly lead his people. On the contrary, he failed as a leader to show sincerity in most of his actuations.
By Peter Wallace
Today, I’m going to list a few snippets that have been sitting around on my desk in something of a cleanup that might amuse you.
The legal drama is over. The verdict has been delivered. The people have rejoiced. And Renato Corona is no longer a chief justice and now is back to being a private citizen.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
From across oceans and time zones, I watched the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court vote on convicting or acquitting the impeached Renato Corona, Chief Justice. Exacting 12 hours behind Philippine time, from 2 – 6 am in New York, I became part of history, witnessing a legal, political and societal drama that is a first of its kind.
By Randy David
On the 40th day of his trial, Chief Justice Renato Corona himself took the witness stand. The head of the impeachment court, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, graciously welcomed him, assuring him that he would be treated with utmost respect befitting his position and the institution he represents. Barely acknowledging these gestures of courtesy, the star witness took the oath and proceeded to deliver not what was supposed to be a brief opening statement, but a well-rehearsed soliloquy.
By Rina Jimenez-David
As I write this, Chief Justice Renato Corona is still sharing his testimony with the impeachment court, attempting to explain the sources of his wealth and—most riveting so far—the background of the family feud between his wife Cristina and her uncle and aunts, cousins and nieces and nephews.
By Asuncion David Maramba
Source unknown, a cryptic text message reached me on Easter Sunday. “We pray that GMA’s Strong Republic will be realized under Binay’s Strong Leadership. Time to unite. Patawarin ang nagsisisi! Binay sa 2016!” Hours later, another text message rang with the same line. Those Easter greetings may be making the rounds of the country now.
I quite agree with Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman’s observation that Congress’ fixation with the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona is taking its toll on its legislative work and the government’s management of the economy. (Inquirer, 2/2/12) Congress should focus more on enacting laws and meaningful reforms for the benefit of our people and the [...]
Is it unreasonable to conclude from the latest statements made by Chief Justice Renato Corona, this time concerning supposed family assets in the United States, that he appears to be dissembling? Is it not puzzling that one day he speaks of mere apartments rented by his two daughters and the next day he discloses that a house was actually purchased by one of them on a 30-year installment scheme? Was that disclosure an afterthought, issued to correct an initial hasty denial that seemed headed for equally swift overturning?